Launched in 2014, the Inkpad was arguably the best premium ereader of the year (and still one of the better ereaders two years later). With a large 8" screen and a one-handed design which Amazon later copied for the Kindle Oasis, the Inkpad was the closest digital equivalent to reading a hardback book.
And now Pocketbook has brought it back.
The Inkpad 2 keeps the one-handed design, screen size, and most of the other specs from its predecessor, only it weighs less and comes with a slightly improved screen.
This ereader runs Pocketbook's proprietary OS on a 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage, and it also has Wifi, a microSD card slot, and a headphone jack.
It's running the same software as the original Inkpad, and comes with a number of apps and supports a wide variety of ebook formats. The Inkpad has more formatting options than you can shake a stick at, and also supports TTS as well as mp3 playback.
The 8" Pearl E-ink display has a screen resolution of 1600 x 1200 with a capacitive touchscreen, just like the first InkPad, but Pocketbook says in the press release that the screen on the Inkpad 2 has improved optical properties (we'll have to wait to see it in person before we know what that means).
In terms of battery life, the Inkpad has a 2.5Ah battery with a projected runtime of "up to a month without recharging". It weighs 305 grams, or about 45 grams less than the first model.
All in all, the new Inkpad doesn't present a compelling argument in favor of upgrading from the original model, but at 199 euros this ereader is still worth a look.
Of the four, I am torn between the Inkpad and the Aura H2O. I like them both, for different reasons. The Inkpad is bigger, but frankly Kobo has the better software. My Inkpad keeps freezing and refusing to reset (and yet I still like it - go figure).
In any case, your buying decision will likely come down to which one you can buy. The press release says that the PocketBook InkPad 2 is now available online for a suggested retail price of 199 euros, from www.pocketbook.de.
Pocketbook, however, won't let me visit that site to confirm the news, and so I can't buy the Inkpad 2.
But you might have better luck.